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no knead crusty bread

(2 ratings)
Recipe by
Donna Graffagnino
Bayou Country, LA

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(2 ratings)
prep time 14 Hr
cook time 1 Hr 15 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For no knead crusty bread

  • 3 c
    unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 tsp
  • 1/2 tsp
    instant or rapid-rise yeast
  • 1 1/2
  • 1 Tbsp

How To Make no knead crusty bread

  • 1
    In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, salt, yeast, and sugar. Add water and mix until a shaggy mixture forms. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside for 12-18 hours. Overnight works great. Note: Regular active yeast can be used in place of the instant or rapid rise yeast but it will need to be activated in 1/4 cup warm water with 1 tsp sugar. Stir and let sit for 5-10 minutes. However, the rapid rise works the best.
  • 2
    DO NOT REFRIGERATE. This is not optional. It takes that much time to proof the dough. The reason why you need a large bowl, is because the dough will start to rise.
  • 3
    Heat oven to 450 degrees. Once the oven has reached 450 degrees place a cast iron pot with a lid in the oven and heat the pot for 30 minutes.
  • 4
    Right after you put the pan in the oven to preheat, dump the dough out onto a HEAVILY floured surface and shape it into a round ball. A pastry cloth works great! Cover with plastic wrap and let set for 30 minutes while the pot is heating.
  • 5
    Remove hot pot from the oven and carefully drop in the dough. You do NOT have to have an enamel covered cast iron pot. You can use anything with a lid that can take the heat, such as a 5.5 quart cast iron enamel covered pot. You DO NOT need to oil the pot. At least not in a enamel covered cast iron or regular cast iron pot.
  • 6
    Cover and return to oven for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes remove the lid and bake an additional 15 minutes.
  • 7
    Remove bread from oven and place on a cooling rack to cool. Remember the pot is HOT so use a couple of hot pads and carefully pull out the bread.
  • 8
    Tips: Use your imagination and add other ingredients like garlic, onion, cheese, pepperoni, dill, herbs, sun dried tomatoes, dried fruits, nuts, etc.
  • 9